Formerly home to Oceana and several former nightclubs including Top Rank, Ritzy’s and Time and Envy, a new building on The Kingsway will soon begin to take shape.

Swansea City Council is working on a major office development in the city centre, which it hopes will provide space for 600 jobs in sectors such as technology, digital and creative industries. Initial construction work at the site focused on two basements in the Kingsway 71/72 scheme, with giant yellow cranes towering over the site.

But they are now complete, which means work can begin on the three floors above street level and above, and passers-by will begin to see the new structure take shape. Swansea city council said the scheme would contribute £32.6 million a year to the city’s economy and result in zero carbon emissions.

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Council leader Cllr Rob Stewart said the development would meet demand for modern, flexible offices in Swansea and help prevent local tech and digital companies from moving to other cities. There will be 114,000 square feet of retail space with coworking and networking opportunities in the offices. You can get more Swansea news and other news straight to your inbox by signing up for our newsletters here.

The multi-story office building is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

An artist's impression of what the new Kingsway 71/72 project will look like when completed
An artist’s impression of what the new Kingsway 71/72 project will look like when completed

Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “This scheme continues the major transformation of The Kingsway to create a more business-friendly environment as the £1 billion regeneration program continues. Swansea Other features of the new development will include a green terrace and south facing balconies overlooking the city center and Swansea Bay.

The Kingsway 71/72 development is partly funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Agreement and supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. The main contractor for the project is Bouygues UK.

A 'living building' to be created on the site of the former Woolworths
A ‘living building’ to be created on the site of the former Woolworths

Construction of a ‘living house’ is also underway on the former Woolworths unit in the town centre. The project is one of the first of its kind in the UK and will include green walls and roofs, an education centre, shops, offices, a landscaped courtyard, rooftop solar panels, battery storage and gardens. Pobl Group will manage the 50 budget apartments that are part of the program.

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